OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          ------------------------------------X  S.J.R. NO: 5647
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. CE 210184 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. ZAH210004-UC
          JONATHAN AND JOANN WEBER                      

                                PETITIONER    : 

               On May 26, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owners filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on April 
          19, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, Gertz Plaza, Queens, New York, 
          concerning the housing accommodations known as 179 Baltic Street, 
          Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 2 (3rd Floor).  On January 25, 
          1991, the Commissioner issued an Order and Opinion 
          dismissing the petitioner-owners' appeal on the basis that it was 
          not timely filed.  Subsequent thereto, the petitioner-owners 
          filed a petition in the Supreme Court pursuant to Article 78 of 
          the Civil Practice Law and Rules requesting that the Order of the 
          Commissioner be annulled.  On May 2, 1991, the proceeding was 
          remitted by stipulation to the DHCR for consideration on the 
          merits and to consider the petition as timely filed. 

          The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2200.2f(11) of the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations for New York City.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order 
          was warranted.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issue raised by the administrative appeal.  

          The Rent Administrator's order, appealed herein, found that 
          the landlord failed to provide evidence to establish that the 
          subject apartment was owner occupied and denied the owners' 
          application to declare the subject apartment exempt from 

          In this petition, the owners allege in substance that they 
          were asked to supply information on owner occupancy during the 
          period from 1963-1968; that it was very difficult to obtain such 
          dated information as they have not located the prior owners 
          although they are still trying to do so; and that at a minimum 
          their application should have been denied without prejudice to 
          reinstate if they do locate the prior owners.
          S.J.R. 5647

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should 
          be denied.

          Section 2200.2f(11) of the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          New York City provides in pertinent part that housing 
          accommodations which are rented after April 1, 1953 and have been 
          continuously occupied by the owner thereof for a period of one 
          year prior to the date of renting are not subject to the rent 
          control law and regulations provided however that decontrol shall 
          not apply to any housing accommodation rented on or after May 1, 
          1962 where decontrol was previously obtained due to owner 
          occupancy for any housing accommodation in the same building.

          In the instant case, rent records for the subject premises 
          disclose that the tenant herein first moved to the subject 
          apartment on May 1, 1968 (information disclosed in docket AD- 
          220005-AD) and that the then basement apartment in the subject 
          premises (now part of a first floor-basement duplex) was 
          decontrolled in 1961 due to owner occupancy (under docket DR39729 
          pursuant to Section 9-11 of the State Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations then in effect).  Accordingly decontrol of the subject 
          apartment pursuant to Section 2200.2f(11) is not warranted since 
          another apartment in the subject premises has already been 
          decontrolled due to owner occupancy.  Moreover, the owners have 
          not sustained their burden of proof in establishing that the 
          subject apartment herein was ever owner occupied.  The owners 
          requested and were granted four separate extensions of time to 
          submit the required proof of owner occupancy in the proceeding 
          before the Rent Administrator but did not do so nor have they 
          submitted such evidence on appeal.  Accordingly, the Rent 
          Administrator's order denying the owners' application was 

          It is noted that in the owners' original application, they 
          stated that the subject apartment also qualified for vacancy 
          decontrol in that a vacancy occurred after June 30, 1971.  The 
          Commissioner deems it appropriate to point out that this 
          contention is without merit as rent records for the subject 
          apartment as discussed above disclose that the tenant herein first 
          occupied the subject apartment in 1968 and that no vacancy 
          occurred on or after June 30, 1971.

          On the basis of the entire evidence of record, it is found 
          that the owners have not established that the subject apartment 
          meets the requirements for owner occupancy decontrol pursuant to 
          Section 2200.2f(11).

          S.J.R. 5647

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed. 


                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


                                COVERING MEMORANDUM

          ARB Docket No.: S.J.R. 5647, CE 210184 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: ZAH210004-UC

          Tenant(s): Martin Shakar

          Owner: Jonathan and Joann Weber

          Code Section: 2200.2f(11) of Rent and Eviction Regulations

          Premises: 179 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, New York, Apt. 2 (3rd 

          Order and Opinion Denying Petition                                 

          Petition denied on basis requirements for decontrol pursuant 

          to owner occupancy have not been met.


          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                            

          Bureau Chief:                                                    

          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

          Mailed copies of Order and Determination to:

            Tenant's Atty             

            Owner's Atty              

            Date:              :  by               




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